We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped support our Painted Dogs appeal, launched in the last newsletter.
Thanks to a percentage of all the sales from Pollyanna’s Painted with Pride exhibition, along with the money raised by our prize draw, sales of tea and coffee during the summer exhibition and some very generous individual donations, we managed to raise our target of £8,700.00 – the equivalent of $94,0000.00 Namibian dollars. This money has funded the building of an enclosure (above) at the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia.
Building the enclosure will ensure the safe and secure growth and development of 14 orphaned painted dog pups - which would otherwise have faced certain death - and allow their re-introduction into former areas of residence such as Etosha National Park.
The enclosure will form part of a large breeding and holding facility to allow supervised pack formation, long-term bonding of release packs from captive-reared and wild-caught dogs and enable the painted dogs to be re-introduced back into former habitats, while allowing essential data gathering on the growth, ecology, breeding and group structure of the pups while in captivity. Following the release of the initial 14 pups, the enclosure will continue to be used for the rehabilitation and reintroduction of future rescued dogs.
Conservationist Marlice van Vuuren, and her husband Dr. Rudie van Vuuren established the sanctuary in 2007 as a rescue and rehabilitation centre. They strongly believe that wildlife belongs in the wild and direct all of their efforts towards long term rehabilitation. Last year Rudie received a call from the Director of Namibia Nature Foundation’s Wild Dog Programme, telling him of a litter of orphaned wild dog pups that had been discovered. 14 pups had been found in a den in a strip of farmland and were in urgent need of a home. Rudie and Marlice flew up the following morning to rescue the pups who were just a few weeks old. The pups are now in the safety of the Sanctuary, where they were initially fed three times a day on minced chicken mixed with calcium powder. The aim is for the pups to grow up to be a strong and healthy part of the Painted dog population in Namibia as part of a new release programme.
As the pups, which were rescued in January, were growing very rapidly the sanctuary took our an emergency loan to construct the new camp for the dogs, as they were growing too big for their first enclosure. The funds raised by the Foundation have paid off this loan, funding the complete construction costs. Lucy Hale, a representative of N/a’an ku sê thanked Pollyanna for the donation saying “The dogs are very happy in their camp now and we are delighted to be joined by your Foundation as our partner in Wild Dog conservation.”
Painted dogs are Namibia's most endangered mammal species and continue to be widely persecuted - Only an estimated 200-250 painted dogs remain in the wild in Namibia and only 5% of their range is within protected areas. The African Painted Dog population in Namibia is under immediate threat of extinction and action is needed to reinstate and rebuild the remaining local population. The present surviving population of painted dogs is severely fragmented and is highly unlikely to re-colonise areas that they used to inhabit by natural migration. Conservation experts believe that in order to save the species from country wide extinction, planned and controlled re-introductions need to take place through the re-establishment of packs from captive reared Painted dogs. Together with Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism, N/a’an ku se have successfully rehabilitated and re-introduced cheetahs, leopards and brown hyenas into different conservation areas in Namibia, over the past two years. None of the reintroductions have led to any human-wildlife conflict and an intensive post-release monitoring scheme has been successfully implemented allowing them to gather vital data for future conservation work. Building on this extensive experience and that of the captive management of painted dogs, N/a’an ku sê is planning a new rehabilitation and re-introduction programme for the animals.
Once distributed widely across most of Africa, African Painted Dogs also known Wild Dogs and Cape Hunting Dogs, have been persecuted by Man to the edge of extinction. The best estimate is that fewer than 5,000 African wild dogs now exist in the wild, and many packs no longer have viable breeding populations. They are dying out.
Painted Dogs have an ill-deserved reputation as aggressive, vicious killers. In fact, unlike almost any other predator, they live in extraordinary co-operation with one another, and this is nowhere better demonstrated than when feeding - the young and ill are given first access to food after a successful hunt.
N/a’an ku sê is committed to playing a key role in conservation and the protection of the Namibian wildlife, land and people. Their vision is an Africa where humans and wildlife can live and thrive together and their mission is to conserve the land, cultures and wildlife of Namibia and rescue species threatened by an ever-shrinking habitat. The sanctuary accommodates mostly orphaned and injured animals that cannot be released back into the wild. Several additional projects are also taking place including a Carnivore Conservation Research Project, a Bushman School and the Lifeline Clinic at Epukiro. Through each of their projects N/a’an ku sê provides an important source of employment and accommodation to Bushmen families.
One of the pups arrives at N/a’an ku sê
Update 2012: Pollyanna visits the painted dogs
50% of the proceeds from every sale of the signed limited edition print 'Painted Dogs' (above) will go to the appeal. Click on the link above to buy securely online
The rescued pups Boris, Robert, Rudie, Nesha, Wiko, Mogwai, Cali, Magic and Kevala have grown into strong haelthy adults. However until their planned release back into the wild they still need adoptive parents to help provide the food, shelter and vetinerary care they need.
Adopt a pup for £65.00 per year.
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